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Asset Forfeiture Buys 2,000 Trauma Kits for Colorado Officers

March 26, 2016  | 

In the coming months, 2,000 police officers around the state of Colorado will receive individual first-aid kits (IFAK), Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced Thursday.

Coffman said the kits, which cost about $60 each, are being paid for using money from an asset forfeiture fund, the Aurora Sentinel reports. She said she hopes to make the program an ongoing effort so more officers around the state will have access to the trauma kits.

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Leonard @ 3/26/2016 6:48 PM

I wonder how much of those funds actually came from citizens that were convicted. Probably not many.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/27/2016 12:53 PM

Leonard, you are getting ridiculous.Many times the judge won't convict a criminal and he gets off, except of course his money. I totally agree with seizing money from dru dealers etc... A Police Officer doesn't just say, "I'm going to stop that guy and steal his money". This is drug money that they size. Wake up leonard. Open your eyes.

Leonard @ 3/28/2016 6:33 AM

@Sherrif: You're kidding right. Just read the WAPO investigative series on asset forfeiture. You don't need to be a drug dealer to have your money stolen on our highways. Carry too much cash...drug dealer. Be the wrong color and drive a car rental...drug dealer. Drive on I95....drug dealer. Police departments use these seized dollars to fund their operations and they take full advantage of it. Police everywhere fight civil asset reform....because they love the money. Here in MD, the governor vetoed sensible CAF that was overwhelmingly approved by both houses and had strong bi-partisan support, reform because LE opposed it. CAF is so bad on our nation's highways that Canda issued a travel warning to it's citizens about carry cash.

For your entertainment...light and insightful.

And the serious:

Robert @ 3/28/2016 9:15 AM

Whether you believe in the forfeiture laws or not..and most states are moving to restrict those laws (along with the DOJ putting in more controls due to over reach)...the use of funds is simply bad policy.
IF funds are to be seized, they should go into the general fund...not just to the LEO agency that seizes the funds.
This is bad policy because:
1. The funds become property of the state...and all of the citizens, not just the small LEO community. There are areas in the country where the local governments are cutting services of all types OR raising taxes...but they are almost forced to build new LEO only shooting ranges (or other un-needed expenditures), because of seized funds (which only the LEO department can use).
2. it can lead to over reach and mis-use of the stated above. It is an overall bad policy to put the police in a position of being a revenue collection agency...especially if that revenue is to support their budgets.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 8:40 PM

Leonard, no I'm not kidding. I still say that I agree with that law. I'm not going to repeat everything I stated above. Its enough for you to know that the stories you read are written from the liberal perspective.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/30/2016 12:53 PM

Robert, the DOJ are a group of fools. They've been interfering in matters which are none of their business. They just had to ruin the Ferguson PD. Leonard, the money that gets seized is drug money. Should drug dealers get their illegitimate profits returned to them. The obvious answer is NO!!! I hope the DOJ doesn't stop asset forfeiture.

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